"Compliments feel insufficient to express the gratitude felt for the Hospice staff who attended my wife, Bridget Thompson, for the last two-and-a-half months of her life.
For Bridget, their expertise and professionalism was hugely enhanced by their warmth and caring nature, and gave both of us the confidence and belief that we’d cope and get through a traumatic and difficult time.
So, words will never properly express the respect and affection both
of us feel for these wonderful people."
Bill Thompson, Snells Beach
On November 22 2012 76-year-old retired farmer Robin Ross learnt he had cancer of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and was advised he might not see the year out.
Just before Christmas the strain of “trying to be normal when we weren’t normal” became overwhelming, says Robin's wife Frances. Robin’s GP referred him to Warkworth Wellsford Hospice for support.
“We didn’t know we could just call hospice ourselves,” Frances says. “I believed they would come in when Robin was bed-bound.”
Hospice’s community palliative care nurses visited the couple and taught them how to cope with the disease and deal with the medications that control Robin’s pain and other symptoms, allowing him to stay active.
“Without Hospice I would be petrified of all the medication,” Frances says. “I have no fear of any of it now, neither the medication nor the disease. When we went to the South Island I checked if we had enough medication, and they said if we needed help we could call the nearest hospice.
“It’s nice knowing there is a relationship between us, hospice and the doctors, and knowing that when we get a sticky patch we can ring hospice and talk about it.”